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Was he always a Colonel? - Mark's Journal
Was he always a Colonel?
Aren't dictators supposed to call themselves "General" or "Generalissimo" or some similarly inflated rank, regardless of any rank they may have actually achieved in the armed services?

A little digging shows that Col. Gaddafi was a Lieutenant in the Libyan military when he seized power in 1969. He was awarded the honorary rank of Major General (a two-star general) by the Arab Socialist Union in 1976, and accepted it, but said at the time that he would continue to wear the rank insignia of a Colonel and be known by that rank.

Maybe it's that I'm not sitting at home, with little to do besides stare at Twitter and the TV, but there seems to be far less coverage and chatter about Col. Gaddafi's death than there was about UBL's. I guess one explanation could be that we weren't (at least directly) involved in this death.
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blaisepascal From: blaisepascal Date: October 20th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gaddafi has consistently underplayed his power, claiming an egalitarian title and shunning official glorification of him and his family. He retired from the military a long time ago, putting away his western-influenced military uniform and adopting clothes inspired by traditional African/Libyan clothing. He wanted to be viewed as just one of his people, despite the tremendous amount of power he actually had.

His title was "Brotherly Leader and Guide of the Revolution of Libya" and he rejected a higher title than Colonel because Libya is ruled "by the people" and he didn't need a more grandiose title or rank.
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